ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bobby and I had a treat this week as we had a chance to tour the newly designed Japanese Garden at Como Park.
It is actually now called the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. The garden closed for an entire year so that they could prune, plant and reset all of the plants and rocks and it is a magnificent renewal of yet another gem at Como.
A just released ranking of the leading Japanese Gardens in North America now lists Como's historic sansui garden - a gift from St. Paul sister city of Nagasaki among the top 12 gardens in the U.S. and Canada.
Sukiyaka Living Magazine, the leading English language journal of Japanese gardening, goes on to recognize Como as a "rising star" in the rarified horticultural world, moving from 19th to 12th place since the last ranking in 2007.
This Sunday is the annual Obon Japanese Lighting Festival. Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture will be featured at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival. It's a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan's annual Obon holiday. It will be on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.
The Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, produced by Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Japan America Society of Minnesota, and Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee will be held from 3 to 9 p.m.
Admission is $5 per adult (13+), $3 per child (ages 3-12) and Seniors (ages 65+), free for children under 3. A free shuttle bus service will be available from a staffed off-site parking lot at the Midway Stadium located at 1771 Energy Park Drive.
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